The Long Tail of J.D. Salinger

I go out to eat by myself often, and bring books along as my date. As of late, I have an unflinching obsession with J.D. Salinger and “Catcher in the Rye”– I keep reading and re-reading the pages of this book, studying the intimate writing style that Salinger infuses in Holden Caulfield’s voice, a student of Salinger’s skill, wanting it to rub off on me with this thing that I have been writing the last many months.

So I’m sitting alone at the sushi bar when a waitress awkwardly asks me what I’m reading. When she saw the cover and title she squealed in excitement. “I love that book! Oh man, now I’m jealous,” she said. “I want to be inside that book, instead of this life.” I tell her that she can revisit this book tonight if she wanted.

Then I tell her about the new documentary ‘Salinger’ (currently on Netflix), and about how inspiring this doc is and how it reveals how all these years and many decades, J.D. Salinger has been writing books and stories this whole time — including a sequel to “Catcher in the Rye” — and that Salinger wanted all of these writings to be published after his death, and the first is scheduled to be released next year. Her jaw dropped, she jumped up and down… Then she told me that she had been very depressed lately, especially today. And that the news I just gave her infused all sorts of new energy into her soul. She had not felt this excited in a long time. She thanked me, and then gave me a big hug.

You never know how you might affect someone’s day.

You just never know…

Here is the trailer to the documentary, directed by Shane Salarno.

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